First of all, I love, love LOVE this website:
Jane's Healthy Kitchen: Re-Inventing Food for a Delicious Life!
Janes Healthy Kitchen
...Jane is well-researched, easily read, and she *gets it*
("Gets what," you ask? Most of our 'modern' food is killing us, so how do we find our way back to food which is sincerely and truly nutritious, while continuing to push the envelope to produce food which is also entertaining... because let's face it, there is a social aspect to food that may not be in our best interests to abandon completely... but that doesn't mean we can't do it better for all of our sake!)
I don't talk about it much, but there are days when I find this journey to the best health possible very disheartening.
There, I said it.
Dis-heart-ening... my heart just isn't in it.
Searching out the best possible sources for our food exhausts me.
There are the moments (especially) when I've been humming along thinking I'm getting it right... only to find out it's still wrong, or that the hill before me is more like a mountain.
(Anyone else know that the type/breed of milk cow can matter sigificantly if your gut is compromised? Yeah, me neither. SIGH).
I find it overwheming at times... feeding yourself so that you don't suffer in some way as a result shouldn't be this hard.
Frankly, unless I'm willing to buy land and raise every scrap of food myself (I'm not... though I am willing to bake EVERYTHING from scratch, make my own yogurt, cheese, kefir, pickles, sauerkraut, canned fish/meat, candy, jerky, salad dressings, ghee, ice cream), we are walking through a nutritional minefield.
(...And this is not just about us 'sensitive' types whose bodies scream the truth whether we like it or not... it is about ALL OF US... it is POLITICALLY MOTIVATED and ECONOMICALLY DRIVEN.... If you want to know if your food is good for you, follow the power and the money... though I'm at the point where I can actually understand why the vast majority of people would just rather not know. Until people are generally and specifically no longer willing to accept that it is reasonable for anyone to make a living, regardless of how much that living compromises our health and well-being, this is going to remain very hard, indeed.)
...But that's not what this blog is about...
(...though, actually, that is what every blog relating to food is about...)
This blog is about SWEETENERS!
(...not at all controversial, LOL!)
The third biggest challenge in my world these days (after clean milk sources and acceptable, practical, easily applicable flour-like substances) is how to retain some minimal 'dessert' aspects in our diet.
Someone who I trusted, and who was aware of our challenges, recommended xylitol to me, so I decided to try it. It was lovely... sweet, but not too... no aftertaste... easy to use - very like sugar... SCORE!
...until several hours later, and for the next 24, while my and the Divine Miss O's systems did their very best to rid us of the noxious substance as quickly and uncomfortably as possible.
WTH!!!! Could it really have been the xylitol?!?
(even though every other last ingredient had already been proven consumable)
(My Mr. kept pointing out that it said right on the package 'harmful to dogs' and I kept insisting it had to be just like chocolate... everyone knows chocolate is GOOD, it's just that dogs can't digest it)
So, I had to go searching and digging... only to discover that it could very well indeed have been the xylitol; and based on what I read upon further investigation, the bag went straight into the garbage.
...and THIS is why we are Paleo (trying to be Primal)... you can't get into trouble eating WHOLE, unprocessed, REAL (produced by nature naturally, arriving to the table looking as God intended) food.
...and why I will continue to research, source, leave no stone unturned to find pure food sources for my family (even on the days when it's the last thing I want to do).
...and why I will vote with my dollars.
...and why I will continue to write blogs like this one (no matter how much they may annoy some readers).
...because you can kid yourself only so far... while you may not react in any obvious way (or at least in no way obvious to you... though if you're overweight, or have any chronic ailment, you might want to think more about this next statement), if my body reacts violently to a food or food-like substance, it's likely not good for you, either.
So, here are some helpful articles to assist us all in the discernment of sweeteners. Honestly, unless you're eating a cup of it a day, regular table sugar isn't the worst thing you can consume (though I DO believe there are better options).
Right now, when we want a little extra sweetness, our go-to is local, unpasterized, raw honey. A little goes a long way to satisfy our sweet tooth, and honey has a number of elements that contribute to health.
In the meantime, my own search for a return to the Garden goes on...
300 Sweeteners – Which is Best?
PDF Comparison Chart of 300 Sweeteners
“Natural” Sweeteners – A Closer Look
Best Natural Sweeteners
What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?
(the next sweetener I'm going to try... seems to have A LOT to recommend it health-wise)
(if you have trouble seeing the articles, try changing your browser... I can't view them in Explorer, but had no trouble in Mozilla Firefox)
A couple of articles for my own purpose!
9 Secret Weapons for Gluten Intolerance
What are the best healthy thickeners?
...Because you can only kid yourself so far!
JUST DO IT.
'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures DECEMBER 1, 2012!
(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need - likely early February, 2013... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)
Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)
I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
DONE Girl Love...
(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)
Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness
Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
(quote by CHRISTINE MASON MILLER)
Words CAN Be Enough... page 3
Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)